Chair of Universities Canada’s Research Committee
Patrick Deane became the 21st principal and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University on July 1, 2019. He is the former president and vice-chancellor of McMaster University, a position he held for nine years. Prior to that he served as vice-principal (academic) at Queen’s and also held a number of academic administrative appointments at Western University and the University of Winnipeg.
Dr. Deane is a professor of English Literature, with his principal research focus being the relationship between cultural production and British politics in the first half of the Twentieth Century. He studied English and Law at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, before undertaking graduate studies and receiving both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Western University. Dr. Deane was the first recipient of the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature in 1988.